Our fragrant adventure began in the Victorian era of discovery and carries us into the future as we strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today. True modern dandies and bold women who are proud to go their own way.
The spirit of William Penhaligon, our founder, touches everything we do. An Englishman living in an age of excess and flamboyance, William was witty, wildly creative and always inspired by the unusual. Originally born in Penzance, Cornwall, he moved to London in the late 1860s and founded a barber’s shop in Jermyn Street, Piccadilly.
Hammam Bouquet, our first scent, was dreamt up by William in 1872 after inhaling the steam and sulphurous aromas of his neighbouring Turkish baths.